tantalum wrote:Sharks no longer have Clowe, Murray or McGinn who were the biggest pains on that front. Their leading PIM guy had 61 minutes (Dejardins). Havlat is second. They aren't the same borderline excessively rough team as they have been in years past. Of course it is precisely that change that may make them a more effective team...they spent far too much time attempting to intimidate with physical play they got in penalty trouble or lost focus on what was most important. They will be physical but I don't see them being more physical than every other playoff team.
Just tune into the Blues/Kings game right now. Almost 40 minutes of this and there is NO WAY that Ebbett should be even considered as an option on a playoff team. It is all hitting and hard work, Ebbett will be a total liability.
St. Louis' 4th line is just pounding it out for their entire shift every time they hit the ice. They have completely exhausted the Kings top 2 lines and it's not even the third period yet.
Our 4th should be Sestito-Lap-Weise. Send them out and tell them to hit everything that moves.